By Stephen Hennessey
Donald Trump’s appearance at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open at his New Jersey course, Trump National Bedminster, generated a lot of buzz both on-site and in headlines, as he became the first sitting president to attend women’s golf biggest championship.
There’s a possibility that Trump will provide a similar jolt to the 2017 Presidents Cup as the event announced on Monday that President Trump accepted a role as honourary chairman. It’s an honour that is typically given to sitting or former presidents of the host country. Each U.S. president since George H.W. Bush has held this position since 1994, when Gerald Ford received the honor. For the last Presidents Cup in 2015, former South Korean president Park Geun-hye accepted the role from the Presidents Cup Committee.
The question now, of course, is whether Trump will be attending the Presidents Cup at Liberty National? The release does not specify that he’ll be there, but given his connection to the game, we shouldn’t rule it out completely.
“The Presidents Cup committee looks forward to President Trump being involved in the event in any capacity his schedule allows,” said PGA Tour communications director Joel Schuchmann when asked about Trump’s possible attendance. “We’ll announce his on-site involvement if/when that comes to fruition.”
Trump had the following quote in the press release:
“It is a great honour for me to be even a small part of the Presidents Cup,” Trump said. “I have watched it since the very first tournament in 1994. It gets better with age. This will be the greatest of them all.”